Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Duty, submission, and arrogance

"Our satisfaction lies in submission to the divine embrace." - Jan Van Ruysbroeck

Duty, submission, and arrogance
The story below reminded me of how I can sometimes approach things that I don't want to do, or the things that I might consider 'beneath me.' Sometimes I just feel too important or distracted by what I think is more important, neglecting other duties I've been called to. May I flee from such arrogance in my daily interactions ...
In August 2002, San Antonio computer consultant David Williamson was called for federal jury duty. The letter told him to keep the month of August free of commitments. Williamson replied he was ready to serve-at his normal rate of $100 per hour. Williamson prepared an invoice for "Court ordered professional services," and sent a bill for $16,800-$100 an hour, eight hours a day, 21 days during the month of August. Williamson's bill warned court officials that the invoice was due at the end of the month, and after that would begin accumulating interest at 2 percent amonth, if not paid.

There was no reply to Williamson's initial invoice, so he mailed it two more times. Williamson did not expect the answer he received. The court sent a form ordering him to report August 26, for a seven-week trial. Williamson wroteback that as a principal partner in a small software firm, he could not missseven weeks of work. He asked that his jury duty be postponed until the following year-as it had been in 2000 and 2001. He added, "If you would like to meet and discuss this, please have his Honor call and schedule anappointment."

U.S. District Judge Fred Biery thunderously replied to Williamson in a fax. It read, "The Court is happy to accommodate Mr. Williamson's suggestion for an appointment: Mr. Williamson is HEREBY ORDERED TO APPEAR in Courtroom 2 of the John H. Wood Jr, United States Courthouse to show cause why he should not be held in CONTEMPT OF THE COURT AND JAILED ACCORDINGLY". The order described Williamson as "arrogant" and asserted that the man had shirked federal jury duty for several years. Court officials said it's rare that a court needs to resort to the threat of jail, but said they did not know what else to do with Williamson. Williamson decided to show up in court.

Submission to God is not easy, but when we do, He makes our lives truly meaningful. Today in prayer, submit your heart to the Lord and make His will your will.

God's Word: "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time." - 1 Peter 5:6

By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2007, Devotional E-Mail (copied with permission).

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